Birighitti clean sheet seals up­set for CCM

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - ADRIAN WAR­REN (AAP) A-League

GOALIE Mark Birighitti has pro­duced some cru­cial saves for Cen­tral Coast which have kept their first clean sheet in 39 A-League matches to beat West­ern United 1-0 in Gos­ford.

United created most of the chances last night, es­pe­cially in first half, but were off tar­get or de­nied by Birighitti.

The sole goal came in the 49th minute when a shot from Gian­carlo Gal­li­fuoco de­flected off United de­fender Aaron Calver.

United had two penalty shouts for hand­ball in the sec­ond half but nei­ther was given.

It is the first time the Mariners have kept a side goal­less since Round 21 in Fe­bru­ary 2018. The new fran­chise suf­fered back-to­back losses for the first time and their first away de­feat.

The Mariners’ sec­ond win of the sea­son lifts them from last to sixth, one spot and three points be­hind United.

Cen­tral Coast started brightly with Tommy Oar putting an au­da­cious chip just over the bar.

From that point, United created the best first-half chances, with the vis­i­tors’ star im­ports all hav­ing at­tempts.

Alessan­dro Dia­manti had a free-kick saved by Birighitti and fired an­other fierce shot just wide, while Pana­gi­o­tis Kone blazed over from close range and Ziggy Gor­don cleared an An­drew Du­rante header off the line.

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